Saturday, January 10, 2009

Change Up

After Wednesday's speed session the hamstrings got pretty sore.  (My quads got very sore after the first couple of hill sessions, my achilles got very sore after the first couple of 200m sessions, and now it seems it's the hamstrings turn)  In all previous cases, after an initial adjustment period, the soreness subsided and I was able to run these workouts w/o experiencing any soreness thereafter.  I'm hoping the same happens here w/ the hamstrings.

With the soreness in the legs, and the big bad long interval session on the horizon, we thought it would be best to have three easy days in between workouts as opposed to the usual two - which puts the interval session on Sunday.  This is typically the day for the long run, so we decided to change things up a bit to accommodate the extra rest while still getting in a longish run.

New schedule for the week became:  Thursday - easy, Friday - long, Saturday - easy, ahead of the interval session.

As long as I'm running at sub-maximal efforts, the hamstrings don't bother me during a run, but I wanted to see how they responded to something up-tempo, so I ran Friday's 8-miler a little harder than usual.  It helped that aside from the soreness, the legs felt very strong.  (I realize that this might not make any sense, but the legs really felt great when I couldn't feel the soreness).  Thankfully, no hamstring issues and I felt great throughout

A lot of stretching and rolling going on these past few days to help speed up the recovery, and a very easy run on the schedule today.

Hope you guys are having a great weekend!


Thurs, 1/8:  5-miles @ 7:02 pace

Fri, 1/9:  8-miles in 53:12, (6:39 pace)

1 comment:

Ewen said...

I hope Sunday goes well Mike.

You're right about tailoring the training for the race distance - that's something I'd like to do well this year. 1500 to 5000 is a bit of a range though - I think I need good 15s and 5s for the 3000.